Attendees at San Diego Comic Con will have the opportunity to record a five-minute sample of their fan fiction for Random House to listen to. These pieces will then be judged and one lucky winner and a few runner-ups will be able to have their piece professionally recorded, mixed, and hosted at the official Random House Audio site.
Still with me? I never thought I would see the day a publisher reached out for fan fiction of any variety, but apparently this is a thing that actually exists.
One story will be selected by RH Audio producers to be recorded professionally and streamed online!
At this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, Random House Audio will be recreating an audiobook studio right on the convention floor–inviting authors of fan fiction to record a sample of their work for a chance to have their story recorded and released as a digital audiobook.
Stories from the following fandoms are eligible for the contest:
- Star Wars®
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Aspiring authors (who must be legal residents of the U.S. and 18 years or older) can sign up for a time slot to record their five-minute sample during the convention, July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center. Random House Audio producers will listen to the entries (no mashups, please) and select one to be professionally recorded and mixed by Random House Audio for streaming at www.randomhouseaudio.com. The grand prize winner and five runner-ups will have clips from their stories featured on the Random House Audio weekly podcast.
I imagine a lot of people will be disappointed they won’t have the opportunity to take part in this, which is understandable. It’s not like it’s exceptionally difficult to record a five minute excerpt on your own and digitally submit it, so limiting this strictly to attendees of San Diego Comic Con is a little odd.
In any case, if you’re going to be at SDCC, this might be something you want to check out.